Monday, May 10, 2010

Fettuccine Alfredo- LOWER FAT!!!

I love the creaminess and richness of a good alfredo sauce- but my waistline does not. In a search for healthier recipes, I bought the book by Rocco Dispirito titiled "Now eat this!" (author of "Eat This, Not That".) When I saw an alfredo recipe, I was excited but skeptical- the fat in alfredo is what makes it yummy! But, I gave it a try and it was so so so good! Just as creamy and flavorful as the full fat original- surprisingly! I will never make the high fat version again! Here is the recipe!

8 oz whole-wheat fettuccine
1 TBSP butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cornstarch
pinch of ground nutmeg
3/4 cup low fat, low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
(I just used the shaker can of Parmesan)
3/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
black pepper

Prepare Fettuccine as directed on box

While pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant- just a minute or two.

Meanwhile, combine the cornstarch and nutmeg in a small bowl. Whisk in the chicken broth until smooth. Pour the mixture into the saute pan with the butter and garlic. Raise the heat and bring the sauce to a simmer, whisking occasionally until thickened slightly. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the cheese until melted. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the yogurt until the sauce is smooth. Season as desired with pepper.

**Note- I added a touch of skim milk at this point to thin it a bit because it was very thick and creamy! You may or may not need to- depends on your preference.

Serve over fettuccine. I also included strips of grilled chicken and broccoli! Yum! Even one of my 3-year-olds who NEVER eats pasta of any kind (except mac and cheese) gobbled it up!


Nutrition info:

336 calories and 10.4 grams of fat (compared to the high fat restaurant version, according to the author, is 1,220 calories and 75 grams of fat! Ouch!)

1 comment:

Traci Elizabeth said...

NO WAY! I am totally going to try this!! thanks for sharing!

Plus, who doesnt love Rocco? ;)